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The specialized exhibitions Technomebel and World of Furniture, to be held from 24 to 28 April at Inter Expo Center - Sofia, will be opened by Minister of Economy Teodor Sedlarski. The ceremony will take place on April 24 at 14.00. The presence of Stamen Yanev, Executive Director of the Bulgarian Investment Agency and of Nikola Stoyanov, Vice- Executive Director of the Executive Agency for Promotion of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (BSMEPA), was confirmed. During the two expositions over 180 companies will show their products, while the number of represented companies is over 350. The latest technologies and products in wood and furniture industry will be exhibited in the six exhibition halls with a total area of 14 500 sq.m

For yet another year, foreign visitors to both exhibitions had the opportunity to join the "Hosted Buyers" program, which is an opportunity for B2B meetings, creating new contacts and business development. More than 30 representatives of foreign companies will benefit from the program this year. The exhibitions will be attended by business delegations and wholesalers from Armenia, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Georgia, Canada, Romania, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Technomebel registers strong foreign presence

The Technomebel exhibition registers strong international presence. Germany, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Turkey will participate in the event, which brings together furniture professionals every year. At their stands, visitors will find the latest plate designs, worktops, furniture doors, functional and ergonomic mechanisms, design fittings, built-in appliances, sinks, faucets and many more products. The event is among the leading business events for the region and a platform for meetings, professional forums and demonstrations.

90% of the companies at World of Furniture are Bulgarian producers

In parallel with "Technomel", like the past five years, there will be held World of Furniture - a specialized exhibition for all kinds of furniture and interior textiles, recognized as a meeting forum and generating new ideas in interior design, interior architecture and furniture. At World Furniture, 90% of the participants are Bulgarian manufacturers.

Contests and prizes in the accompanying program

For the first time in the framework of the World of Furniture and Technomеbel, there will be held THE booth - the first contest among exhibitors to present the best booth. Organizers of the initiative are Inter Expo Center and the Branch Chamber of Woodworking and Furniture Industry (BCWFI). The contest participants will be assessed on three criteria: originality of design, precision of performance and arrangement of the exhibits. The winner will be selected by a five-member jury with foreign participation, composed of a famous German architect, product designer and interior designer from Hamburg will take part in the evaluation. This year there will be held the seventh edition of Bulgarian Furniture of the Year contest. It includes Bulgarian furniture manufacturers who show the best and innovative products, demonstrating creativity, entrepreneurship and a sense of aesthetics and style. An expert jury of established designers and architects will evaluate the nominated products. Every visitor can also rate the participating products and give their voice to determine the final winning audience. The voters will take part in a draw for five vouchers, each worth BGN 500.

The organizers have also prepared a children's drawing contest - "My Dream Home "

Following the success of the event in 2016, the Branch Chamber of Woodworking and Furniture Industry will organize the initiative for the second consecutive year and the winners will be awarded in two age groups - I-IV and V-II-class on 28 April. BCFW will also organize "STUDY VISITS". The aim is to inform students and trainers about the current industry, as well as to support the relationship between businesses and universities .

Young Bulgarian designers

Within World of Furniture  the team of TRION Studio will recreate the warmth and creative atmosphere of a small tailor's studio with its "Imorint" workshop. The Bulgarian CHERGA design group will again jon the exhibitions.

From April 24 to 27, the doors of Technomebel and World of Furniture will be open to visitors from 10.00 to 18.30 , on April 28 (Friday) from 10.00 to 16.00. On April 28, the admission is free.